Watching Cable News In A Bathrobe And Holding Meetings In The Dark — 9 Bizarre Descriptions Of The Trump White House

Several recent reports citing anonymous sources have sought to shed light on the day-to-day operations of the new White House.

President Donald Trump has been in office for 21 days, and while he’s made sweeping changes to the government, his life has been upended as well.

A New York Times report published Sunday by Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman offers one of the most detailed accounts of how Trump spends his days — and especially his nights. The president on Monday called the article a “total fiction” on Twitter.

Here are nine of the most bizarre details we gleaned from The Times’ report and other stories about Trump’s White House.

Since his wife, Melania, and their young son, Barron, are still living in New York, Trump spends most of his nights alone, typically retiring to the residence by 6:30 p.m.

He apparently had a larger TV installed in the presidential dining room so he can watch cable news during lunch.

President Barack Obama has lunch with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in the Oval Office Private Dining Room on February 11, 2011. You can see his tiny TV in the background.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Source: New York Times


The Times also suggested Trump watches more cable news in his bathrobe, upstairs and alone in the White House at night.

Source: New York Times


Trump’s aides had meetings in the dark because they couldn’t figure out how to use the light switches in the Cabinet Room.

Obama holds a Cabinet meeting on November 23, 2009 — with the lights on.

Source: New York Times


Trump redecorated the Oval Office in his personal style, swapping Obama’s crimson curtains for gold ones.

From left: Vice President Mike Pence, President Donald Trump, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, White House Trade Council head Peter Navarro, and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

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He kept the Resolute Desk, though, which presidents have used since first lady Jackie Kennedy placed it in the Oval Office for her husband. It was a gift from Queen Victoria.

Source: Associated Press


Though media reports were a bit confused at first on the bust situation in the Oval Office, Trump kept one of Martin Luther King Jr. that Obama added, and he brought in one of Winston Churchill.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Trump in the Oval Office on January 27. The bust of Winston Churchill is between them.

Source: Washington Post


Trump replaced Obama’s circular “quote rug,” which featured famous quotes from former presidents around its edge, with a golden carpet that appears to be the same design as the “sunburst” rug George W. Bush had.

Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on January 28.

Source: AP


Trump selected a portrait of Andrew Jackson, the nation’s first populist president, to hang in the Oval Office.

Trump speaks on the phone with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Jackson’s painting is behind him.

Source: New York Times